This is a series of powerful and macabre photos from 1865 showing the hanging execution of the four Lincoln conspirators: Mary Surratt, Lewis Payne, David Herold, and George Atzerodt. They were condemned to death for their involvement in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and were hanged on Friday, July 7th, 1865.

1Conspirators standing on the scaffold

Washington, D.C. The four condemned conspirators (Mrs. Surratt, Payne, Herold, Atzerodt), with officers and others on the scaffold; guards on the wall

Here the four are standing on the scaffold, hoods being placed over their heads, and nooses over their necks. They only have moments left to live.